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Podcast 232: LV

Since the release of last year's excellent Routes full-length, LV has been fairly quiet. Nonetheless, the group's intrepid infusion of South African house rhythms into a UK funky-inspired template has often proved interesting—not to mention enjoyable—so we jumped at the chance to have the UK trio put together an exclusive mix for the XLR8R podcast series. Read more » 

Download: Blue Fields "Frozen Linien"

First Listen

Fronted by Canadian-born DJ/producer Mike Shannon, Berlin trio Blue Fields is set to drop its debut album, a 13-song offering called Ghost Story (pictured above), via Haunt Music on February 13. The outfit preemptively shared this outtake from its upcoming LP, which sounds just about as haunted and full of twists as that record's title insinuates. "Frozen Linien" is based around a dark, churning techno core, but is surrounded with subtly brighter elements, like sparse guitar noodling and chilly synth melodies. If Blue Fields' debut holds much of the same, we wouldn't be upset about it. 

Average: 7.5 (29 votes)

Review: Art Department Touch You Gently

It's been a whirlwind two years for Toronto-based new-school house duo Art Department. In that stretch of time, the pair has put out four singles and The Drawing Board, its critically acclaimed debut LP. Through that span, Art Department has created a dark musical world that reflects the seedy underbelly of nightlife, portraying it as a pleasure zone lost in the excess and abandon of a month spent below the surface on ketamine. Read more » 

  • Filed under: review
  • 01/31/2012

Guido Delivers Another FACT Mix

UK producer Guido has put together a new mix for FACT, his second in the site's long-running series. Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 01/31/2012

Download: Stylo G "Leader (The Heatwave Special)"

UK dancehall crew The Heatwave has put together a documentary about the history of Britain's dancehall scene and the convergence of Jamaican reggae with UK club culture. Titled Showtime, it focuses on a stage show of the same name which took place last summer and featured icons of jungle and grime MCing over classic riddims. Artists in the film include such heavy-hitting names as Wiley, General Levy, Riko, Lady Chann, Flow Dan, and more. In support of the documentary, which is out now, The Heatwave has remixed "Leader" from rising star Stylo G (pictured above) into a more cavernous and compressed dancehall number. Download the new version below, and also take a look at the Showtime trailer, which is posted after the jump  Read more » 

Average: 4.5 (46 votes)

Nina Kraviz Mixes RA.296

For the last three years, Moscow's Nina Kraviz has appropriated Detroit and Chicago's tradition of sparse, analog house into a handful of brilliant productions, and now, she's utilized that same sensibility in a new mix for Resident Advisor. Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 01/30/2012

Levon Vincent to Mix 'Fabric 63'

Following a stellar 2011, Levon Vincent has announced that he will be mixing Fabric 63. Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 01/30/2012

Download: Scuba "Flash Addict"

Label: Hotflush

While the world patiently awaits his forthcoming Personality LP, UK tune specialist Paul Rose (a.k.a. Scuba) has shared the b-side from his 12" single for "The Hope." "Flash Addict" is a heavily percussive and densely atmospheric cut that exhibits Rose's knack for combining sonic subtlety, infectious rhythm, and unique sound design in one propulsive club production. If the b-side of Scuba's single sounds this good, you can imagine what the main event will bring when it drops on February 6. 

Average: 8 (119 votes)

Video: Maribou State "Olivia"

London duo Maribou State—who we heard from a bit towards the end of last year—just unveiled this video for "Olivia," the title track from its forthcoming EP for the Fat! label. Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 01/30/2012

Download: Natasha Kmeto "Detox Saturday"

First Listen

After contributing a standout track to Dropping Gems' recent Gem Drops Two compilation, Portland producer Natasha Kmeto has revealed plans to return to the label with a new EP, The Ache (artwork above). "Detox Saturday" appears towards the end of the forthcoming endeavor with a bouncing beat, space-age synths, and some deliciously buzzing low-end glides. The heavenly vocal harmonies which float atop the beat are Kmteo's own, side-chained and looped in order to add an extra sense of rhythm and movement to the three-minute endeavor. We're told to expect similarly vibrant efforts that combine bass-centric productions with hearty helpings of soulful vocals when The Ache drops on February 14. You can peep the full tracklist for the forthcoming EP after the jump.  Read more » 

Average: 7.5 (59 votes)

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